Tall Giraffe Publishing is not just about producing any children’s books but a series of bilingual Auslan- English stories for families with Deaf/ Hard of Hearing members, or people interested in Auslan. The Auslan signs have been terrifically drawn by our Deaf artist, Viktor Jäderlund, alongside the wonderful story illustrations by Janet King.
What is Auslan?
Auslan stands for Australian Sign Language and these books are being created for families who have or know someone that uses it. Adding pictures of the corresponding Auslan signs alongside our story allows Deaf children to develop their first language proficiently, as hearing children do when reading books, while also allowing non-Auslan users to become familiar with everyday signs and the differences in the grammar.
Why are we doing this?
We believe every family should be able to read to their children and passionately believe in providing Deaf children with an accessible first language. We’re also aware of the benefits these Auslan children’s books can have in bridging two languages between family members.
Since 2018, we have grown to develop more very much needed Auslan resources for the homes as well as classrooms.